The Cleveland Indians gave it everything they had in the 2016 World Series, but they fell 1 run short (actually 2 runs, as one would have only tied Game #7). The Indians and Cubs scored 27 runs each and the Cubs won Game #7 by 1 run…….you can’t get more evenly matched than that!
Switch-hitting outfielder Coco Crisp always seemed to come through in this series for the Cleveland Indians. He played in 6 games in the 2016 World Series in which he was 4 for 12 (.333 avg, .885 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Switch-hitting 3B Jose Ramirez was also on his game in this series, as he played in all 7 games for the Tribe in which he was 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .782 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI. Righty swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer played in all 7 games for the Tribe in this series and he was 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .963 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI. Switch-hitting SS Francisco Lindor showed off his glove and bat in this series. He played in 7 games for the Indians in this series and he was 8 for 27 (.296 avg, .700 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base. His double play partner, lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis showed off a lot of power in this series! He played in all 7 games of this series and he was 9 for 31 (.290 avg, .893 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBI. Righty swinging veteran outfielder Rajai Davis tried to will the Indians to win this series a couple of times, including Game #7 when he hit a game tying homer off Aroldis Chapman in the 8th inning. Then he got a run scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning to pull the Tribe within 1 run. Davis played in all 7 games in this series for the Indians and he was 5 for 22 (.227 avg, .701 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Righty swinging catcher Roberto Perez made his hits count in this series. He played in all 7 games for the Tribe in this series and he was 4 for 20 (.200 avg, .833 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBI.
Not all of the guys on the Tribe helped the team at the plate! Switch-hitting 1B/DH Carlos Santana played in all 7 games in this series and he was 5 for 23 (.217 avg, .771 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI. Righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli couldn’t buy a hit for the Tribe. He played in all 7 games in this series and he was 4 for 24 (.167 avg, .397 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin had a lot of defensive issues in this series, which really hurt the Tribe in the end. Naquin played in 5 games in this series and he was 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .393 OPS). Lefty swinging RB Lonnie Chisenhall had a rough time with the bat and in the field in this series. He played in 6 games in this series and he was 2 for 16 (.125 avg, .336 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. The Indians were a combined 55 of 232 (.237 avg, .691 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 23 RBI and 4 stolen bases in this series! They also walked 24 times while whiffing a pretty awful 69 times as a team!
When Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar went down in September, the Indians knew that they were going to have to keep their fingers crossed rotation wise in the playoffs. Manager Terry Francona got the best that he could out of his starting pitchers, but only Corey Kluber pitched well in the World Series and he ran out of gas in Game #7. Kluber started 3 games in the World Series and he was 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Kluber gave up 15 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 15 batters in his 16 innings in this series. Trevor Bauer hurt his finger in the A.L.D.S. and it effected him in that series and the World Series. Bauer pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in this series and he was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Righty Josh Tomlin pitched well in his first game in this series, but he was awful in Game #6, as Cubs’ hitters appeared to be running up to the plate against him. Tomlin started 2 games against the Cubs in this series and he was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
The Indians got good work out of the bullpen until Game #7, when Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw had rough nights! Closer Cody Allen was the guy that was downright dominating for the Tribe in this series! He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in the World Series and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. Allen only gave up 3 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 12 batters in only 6 innings in this series. Andrew Miller also pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Indians in this series and he was 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Righty Bryan Shaw was the late reliever for the Indians that got banged around the most, as he lost the deciding Game #7! He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in this series in which he was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP. Righty Dan Otero was solid, working in 3 games in which he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Righty Danny Salazar was allowed to pitch out of the pen in this series and he was dominant! He worked in 2 games in this series in which he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He only gave up 1 hit and 2 walks while whiffing 4 batters in only 3 innings! The Indians’ pitchers combined to go 3-4 with 1 save, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in this series!